2 Timothy 2:1-21
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2 Timothy 2:20-22
a large house there are articles not only of gold and silver, but
also of wood and clay; some are for noble purposes and some for
ignoble. 21 If
a man cleanses himself from the latter, he will be an instrument for
noble purposes, made holy, useful to the Master and prepared to do any
good work. 22
Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love
and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.
many objects in my house serve as a good illustration of what it
means to be "set apart for a noble purpose." Some objects, like the
couch in my living room, are for anybody to use. Others, like the
scouring brush in the kitchen sink are for specifically dirty purposes.
Others, like my pillow or my toothbrush, are set aside for me, and
for me alone.
In the same way, God is calling us to
his noble purposes. We can't be used by just anybody for anything and
still be set apart for him. If I want to take hold of God's highest
purposes for my life, I must pursue holiness.
Response and Action:
I want to be used by God for noble purposes, I will flee from evil
desires and unrighteousness. I will pursue purity, faith, love, and
peace, and do so in the company of others who are trying to do the same.
God, help me to turn away from what is wrong and to do what is right.
Help me to love you with all my heart, soul, mind and strength, and
to love my neighbor as myself. Lead me away from temptation and
deliver me from evil. Forgive, cleanse, and renew me so that I might
serve your holy purposes. Make me an instrument of your love and
Spiritual Formation Verses: Psalm 4:3-4
3 Know that the LORD has set apart the godly for himself; the LORD will hear when I call to him. 4 In your anger do not sin; when you are on your beds, search your hearts and be silent.
Following Jesus: Biblical Reflections on Discipleship
by N.T. Wright